Master of Health Leadership and Policy in Seniors Care (MHLP)

The Master of Health Leadership and Policy is not administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Please check the UBC Applied Science Professional Programs website for admission requirements, deadlines and application procedure.

Overview

The Master of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP) in Seniors Care is a professional degree for health-care professionals who want to design, deliver and lead comprehensive care and services for seniors in a range of community and organizational settings. This hybrid program combines graduate-level health-care courses with UBC Sauder School of Business courses – giving you the skills and confidence to take your career in new direction.

 

CHOOSE HEALTH CARE AND BUSINESS

The MHLP in Seniors Care program offers a unique combination of health-care and business classes – giving you the strategic skills to play a leading role in this growing health-care sector. Health-care courses offer a holistic exploration of the epidemiology of aging, the influence of health policy on care, evidence-based decision-making and the environmental aspects of seniors care. Business courses offered by the top-ranked UBC Sauder School of Business give you a solid foundation in data analysis, project management and organizational leadership.

 

GAIN A COMPETITIVE EDGE

In this 12-month program you will:

  • be immersed in best practices in seniors care as you develop care strategies, use conceptual and analytical tools, and explore strategies for leading operations and maintaining quality
  • enhance your understanding of policy, leadership and business practices relevant to seniors care
  • learn within diverse clinical practice sites as part of a curriculum grounded in experiential and community-based learning opportunities
  • study with renowned faculty from the UBC School of Nursing, as well as local leaders in public- and private-sector practice sites
  • expand your professional network while collaborating with other MHLP students
  • gain the fundamental business, project management and interpersonal skills to advance your career and confidently take on positions of increased responsibility

What makes the program unique?

A Master of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP) degree from UBC gives you the credentials and knowledge to confidently move into positions of greater responsibility or make the shift into a new health-care field.

EXPLORE BEST PRACTICES IN SENIORS CARE
MHLP courses are a rigorous combination of theory and evidence-based practice. You’ll explore philosophies of care, organizational considerations for fostering health, and the elements of the social and built environments that contribute to wellness.

LEARN THE LANGUAGE OF BUSINESS
Clinical knowledge is not enough. Through courses offered by UBC Sauder School of Business, you’ll gain foundational business skills, improving your understanding of broad-based management concepts.

UNDERSTAND AND INFLUENCE POLICY
Health-care policies determine how health care is organized and delivered. You’ll explore how health policy informs clinical practice education and learn how to effectively develop and influence policy.

BECOME A CONFIDENT LEADER
Leadership development is embedded throughout the program, giving you ongoing opportunities to lead teams and projects and strengthen your interpersonal skills.

GO FURTHER
Health-care practitioners who have a deep understanding of best practices in seniors care and are familiar with business concepts are well positioned to lead change in their careers and organizations. Our graduates have the knowledge and expertise to confidently move into sought-after positions and new areas of health-care practice. They are working in the public and private sectors in positions that include director of care, director of lifestyle and therapeutic services, and provincial co-ordinator for advocacy and public policy

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Health Leadership and Policy
Subject
Health and Medicine
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Seniors Care
Program Components
Coursework only
Faculty
Faculty of Applied Science
School
School of Nursing

Program Enquiries

If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry

Meet a UBC representative

One-on-One Consultations: Toronto

Dineen Café – 140 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
Date: Monday, 03 February 2020
Time: 08:00 to 19:00
The MEL & MHLP programs will be running one-on-one consultations for students considering study in 2021. These consultations are an opportunity to discuss course requirements, admissions and applications for the MEL & MHLP programs.

One-on-One Consultations: Calgary

Monogram Coffee, 420 2 Street Southwest, Calgary, AB
Date: Wednesday, 05 February 2020
Time: 08:00 to 19:00
The MEL & MHLP programs will be running one-on-one consultations for students considering study in 2021. These consultations are an opportunity to discuss course requirements, admissions and applications for the MEL & MHLP programs.

One-on-One Consultations: Vancouver

UBC Robson Square Campus, 800 Robson St, Vancouver, BC
Date: Friday, 07 February 2020
Time: 08:00 to 19:00
The MEL & MHLP programs will be running one-on-one consultations for students considering study in 2021. These consultations are an opportunity to discuss course requirements, admissions and applications for the MEL & MHLP programs.

GLOBE Forum 2020

Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC
Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020 to Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Time: 08:00 to 17:00
GLOBE 2020 is hosted by the GLOBE Series, a collection of organizations that strive to create a “sustainable, prosperous and socially just future.” GLOBE brings together leaders from government, business and civil society to share knowledge and opportunity in order to accelerate the green economy and generate solutions to current issues within the field. A vast network of groundbreaking thinkers is connected to create global change. If you are looking to find inspiration, make connections, share experiences and discover new opportunities in the clean economy, GLOBE Forum 2020 is the event to attend. The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Clean Energy Engineering will be there to provide attendees with more information about the 12-month hybrid master’s degree. This degree combines graduate-level engineering courses with UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School courses – giving you the skills and confidence to take your career in new directions. Come and see us there!

UBC MHLP at St. Paul's Hospital

Balance Eatery, Level 4 Café Entrance, St. Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard St., Vancouver, BC
Date: Tuesday, 18 February 2020
Time: 10:00 to 14:00
Calling all Health Professionals! Representatives from UBC’S Master of Health Leadership & Policy (MHLP) and School of Nursing will be on-site at Saint Paul’s Hospital to answer questions about UBC’s Graduate Programs. Come and learn more about the 12-month MHLP in Seniors Care or Clinical Education, or discover the world of opportunity available to students studying the Masters of Nursing. No appointment required!

UBC MHLP at Vancouver General Hospital


Date: Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Time: 10:00 to 14:00
Calling all Health Professionals! Representatives from UBC’S Master of Health Leadership & Policy (MHLP) and School of Nursing will be on-site at Vancouver General Hospital to answer questions about UBC’s Graduate Programs. Come and learn more about the 12-month MHLP in Seniors Care or Clinical Education, or discover the world of opportunity available to students studying the Masters of Nursing. No appointment required!

Quality Forum 2020

Hyatt Regency Vancouver 655 Burrard St., Vancouver, BC
Date: Tuesday, 25 February 2020 to Thursday, 27 February 2020
Time: 08:00 to 17:00
The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council hosts the Quality Forum annually. It is a three-day conference that provides an opportunity for hundreds of professionals currently working within British Columbia’s Health Care System to come together and discuss care quality and patient safety. Featuring a number of presentations, workshops, expert speakers and networking events, the Quality Forum is designed to assist health professionals in developing their careers. The conference also creates a space of learning for attendees to engage in constructive debate about how to best serve the people of British Columbia. If you looking to become a leader within the Health Care industry, come and chat with us about the Master of Health Leadership and Policy in Clinical Education and Seniors Care.

One on One Consultations – Toronto

Dineen Café – 140 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
Date: Monday, 16 March 2020
Time: 08:00 to 19:00
The MEL & MHLP programs will be running one-on-one consultations for students considering study in 2021. These consultations are an opportunity to discuss course requirements, admissions and applications for the MEL & MHLP programs. Consultations will be held at Dineen Coffee on March 16, 2020 from 8:00 am-7:00 pm. To reserve your 30 minute appointment time please complete the form below selecting your preferred appointment time. A representative from the university will contact you to confirm the details.

One-on-One Consultations: Toronto

Dineen Café – 140 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
Date: Monday, 16 March 2020
Time: 08:00 to 19:00
The MEL & MHLP programs will be running one-on-one consultations for students considering study in 2021. These consultations are an opportunity to discuss course requirements, admissions and applications for the MEL & MHLP programs. Consultations will be held at Dineen Coffee on March 16, 2020 from 8:00 am-7:00 pm. To reserve your 30 minute appointment time please complete the form below selecting your preferred appointment time. A representative from the university will contact you to confirm the details. Alternatively, if you are interested in chatting with a UBC MEL & MHLP representative over the phone, please complete the form below to book a phone consultation.

One-on-One Consultations: Ottawa

Novotel Ottawa, 33 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON
Date: Wednesday, 18 March 2020
Time: 08:00 to 19:00
The MEL & MHLP programs will be running one-on-one consultations for students considering study in 2021. These consultations are an opportunity to discuss course requirements, admissions and applications for the MEL & MHLP programs. Consultations will be held Hotel Novotel Ottawa on March 18, 2020, from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm. To reserve your 30 minute appointment time please complete the form below selecting your preferred appointment time. A representative from the university will contact you to confirm the details.

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Admission Information & Requirements

In order to apply to this program, the following components may be required.

Online Application

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Transcripts

All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

Minimum Academic Requirements

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitve process.

Letters of Reference

A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. 

Statement of Interest

Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

90
22
21
22
21
6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Supervision

Course-based programs may assign academic advisors to cohorts of students, but usually do not require applicants to reach out to individual professors / faculty members to seek commitment as their supervisor. Please do not contact faculty members if you are applying to this program.

Test Scores (GRE / GMAT or similar)

Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:

The GRE is not required.

Prior degree requirements

Applicants must hold an undergraduate credential in healthcare or related field (Nursing, Social Work, Occupational or Physical Therapy, Dietetics).

Other Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of three years of relevant experience with at least one year in seniors care.

Citizenship Verification

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

Application Notes

The online application portal will be open and accepting submissions for all January 2021 applications as of January 1st 2020.

1st Round: April 1, 2020 (Decision by May 1, 2020)
2nd Round: July 1, 2020 (Decision by August 1, 2020) 
CAN and USA only: September 1, 2020 (Decision by October 12, 2020). 

To ensure your application is completed by the deadline and to allow plenty of time for processing study permits and organizing your relocation to Vancouver, we encourage all applicants to apply early.

Funding Sources

Being a professional program, there are no UBC scholarships, grants or funding offered directly for MEL or MHLP students. Students who require financial assistance are encouraged to look for external scholarships or loans that may be available to them. Please find a list of options and areas for you to independently explore and investigate on our webpage:
https://apscpp.ubc.ca/admissions/tuition/scholarships/

Applicants to course-based and professional programs might seek employer support in the form of a benefits package, private institution credit lines and loans, or rely on personal savings. Some programs may offer entrance awards or bursaries. Domestic applicants may be eligible to apply for financial aid or other benefits in the form of government loans, tax credits, or similar.

Career Options

Our graduates will be in high demand in the private and public sector. Job opportunities could include conceptualizing and leading seniors-focused clinical programs, leading and managing services for seniors in a range of settings, as well as proposing or analyzing policy initiatives for seniors care. Read some of our alumni stories on our website to find out how  our graduates have gone on to excel their careers with their UBC MHLP in Seniors Care degree. Graduates of the program started in positions, such as Director of Care, Director of Lifestyle and Therapeutic Services, Provincial Coordinator for Advocacy & Public Policy.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$106.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$9,936.72$18,122.36
Program Fee$29,810.16$54,367.08
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$944.51 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,954.00 (check cost calculator)
Deposit to accept offer (if admitted)
Deposit requirement$5000.00$5000.00
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
 
 

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If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry
 
 

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